Ionic versus Versa: Which Fitbit smartwatch is for you?
Fitbit Versa, the company’s second smartwatch, goes on sale today at major retailers for $200. We’re here to compare it to the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first smartwatch, which …
“SNL” Understands Why Laura Ingraham Deserves Her Ad Boycott
Kate McKinnon plays Laura Ingraham on “Saturday Night Live,” and gets to the heart of why sponsors are fleeing her show.
Apple drops second beta of iOS 11.4 | Cult of Mac
Developers received a new batch of beta updates this morning, including the second beta build of iOS 11.4. The new build brings a number of new features to the iPhone and iPad, including some that were pulled from iOS 11.3, like AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud. Apple has added a number of bug fixes and performance
Epic Apple Park drone video could be the last one ever | Cult of Mac
Apple is tightening security when it comes to drones flying over Apple Park. Aerial video of the campus may soon be hard to come by.
Today in Apple history: Cupertino disputes so-called ‘Apple tax’ | Cult of Mac
On April 16, 2009, Apple hit back at Microsoft following an advert which takes shots at Apple for failing to provide decent laptops for under $1,000.
What's on TV: 'Westworld,' 'God of War' and 'Mercury 13'
Also: Nintendo Labo and the series finale of 'Scandal.'
Earn: Earn Bitcoin by Answering Messages & Completing Tasks
Earn bitcoin by replying to emails and completing tasks. Keep the money, or donate it to charity.
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Apple issues second developer betas of iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1
Two weeks after the first beta releases, Apple has released its second developer betas of iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1.
Tony Fadell is worried about smartphone addiction
But when it comes to digital “nourishment”, we don’t know what a “vegetable”, a “protein” or a “fat” is. What is “overweight” or “underweight”? What does a healthy, moderate digital life look like? I think that manufacturers and app developers need to take on this responsibility, before government regulators decide to step in – as with nutritional labelling. Interestingly, we already have digital-detox clinics in the US. I have friends who have sent their children to them. But we need basic tools to help us before it comes to that.
U.S. companies banned from selling components to ZTE
The company’s initial guilty plea was met with up to $1.2 billion penalties and fines, along with the dismissal of four senior employees, along with more fallout for lower level employees. As part of the initial agreement, ZTE was allowed to continue to work with U.S. companies, assuming it adhered to the rules laid out in the agreement. The DOC, however, contends that ZTE failed to significantly penalize those employees.
Sony announces smaller version of giant Digital Paper E Ink tablet
The selling point of Sony’s DPT-RP1 “Digital Paper” tablet is right there in the name: it’s basically a giant slab of E Ink the same size as a sheet of A4 paper, and it works with a stylus for document creation, PDF annotation, and so on. Now, Sony’s announced a new version. the DPT-CP1, which is basically the exact same thing but in A5 size.
The revamped Nokia 6 is now available in the US
Curved glass, USB-C, a seemingly competent camera – frankly, it’s awesome that this is what the budget phone market has become. Nokia, while early in its efforts to reignite its brand, is making a charge on the US market with its phones.
Reliance on robots partially to blame for Model 3 production delays, says Elon Musk | ZDNet
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T-Mobile to Pay $40M for Faking Rings on Calls to Rural Areas
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau initiated its investigation after receiving complaints in the summer of 2016 that T-Mobile customers were unable to complete calls to people served by three rural carriers in Wisconsin. "Many of the complaints reported that the calling party heard ring tones on call attempts that failed to reach the rural customers," the settlement states.
You don't need a Facebook account to use Bumble
In the wake of Cambridge Analytica (CA) and Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony , Bumble's VP of international marketing and communications Louise Troen said "many" of its over 30 million users were looking for a different sign-up/log-in method. As you might expect, Bumble got access to things like your friends list, liked pages and more in an effort to find better matches. If you sign up with a phone number, however, you'll bypass Facebook entirely and have to upload all your own photos and profile information.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium announced with 4K HDR display and 'remarkable camera'
The Xperia XZ2 Premium comes with a 5.8-inch 4K (2160 x 3840) HDR display, Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (plus a microSD slot), 13MP front camera and a 3,540mAh battery, including wireless charging.
MechWarrior Online - Solaris Teaser Trailer - IGN Video
A teaser trailer for MechWarrior Online's massive Solaris update.
What Mark Zuckerberg Didn’t Say About What Facebook Knows About You
If there’s one thing we learned from the past week’s marathon congressional inquisition of Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, it’s this: The inner workings of Facebook’s data-harvesting behemoth are so byzantine, that in some ways Mr. Zuckerberg is just as confused as the rest of us about how it all works.
Gmail's new 'self-destructing' messages could protect private business emails
The report also indicates that a "Learn more" link in the preview points to Google's help section, though the linked page was not found. By the time this feature is rolled out to all users, the exact mechanics of the feature may work differently than described—the utility of an un-downloadable attachment, as the above text implies, is somewhat limited. Similarly, the actual security offered by this concept may also be limited, as the TechCrunch report notes that there is no control mechanism preventing the user from taking a screenshot of the message.
The cheapest live TV streamer heads to Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV
Philo is the latest in a parade of virtual TV services that have emerged in the last three years and also is the most niche. Most of its competitors are backed by tech Goliaths like AT&T's DirecTV Now, Google's YouTube TV, Dish's Sling TV or Sony's PlayStation Vue, as a way for those companies to establish their turf as television viewers migrate from traditional providers like cable to digital ones.
iOS 12: Which iPhones and iPads will it render obsolete? | ZDNet
I fully expect the oldest iPhone and iPad devices to face the chop come iOS 12, which means compatibility being dropped for the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini 2. All three devices were released in 2013 and all three devices are pretty long in the tooth now.
OLED screen production for 2018 iPhone releases expected to start in May
Although it may feel like the iPhone X launched just recently, Samsung is reportedly kickstarting OLED panel production for two of this fall's iPhone models, including a 5.8-inch "iPhone X 2" and a 6.5-inch "iPhone X Plus."
Early production should start in May, with capacity doubling the following month , Taiwan's Economic Daily News claimed. The story would appear to back up one published by South Korea's ETNews just last week, which said that Samsung would have to reactivate production for the task after temporary downtime related to iPhone X display inventory.
Samsung is Apple's exclusive OLED supplier for the X, as the only company with enough capacity to keep up with Apple's demands. The latter is thought to be talking to other suppliers , but it seems unlikely that any will be able to make a meaningful contribution to 2018 iPhones.
Rumors have pointed towards three new iPhone models later this year: the aforementioned "X 2" and "X Plus" phones —unlikely to use those names in practice —and a 6.1-inch LCD model. Unlike the iPhone 8, this year's LCD phone may join the X in ditching a home button and Touch ID, switching to Face ID and an edge-to-edge display.
Facebook to face class action lawsuit over facial recognition
US District Judge James Donato ruled Monday in San Francisco federal court that the lawsuit could progress with class action certification, finding the process will provide the most efficient resolution of the dispute over creating and storing of "face templates" based on facial features in uploaded photos.
Cryptocurrency YouTuber Ian Balina hacked out of $2M during a livestream | Hacker News
If you have a lot of money in your cryptocurrency wallet you should at least consider using a hardware GnuPG "smartcard" like nitrokey or yubikey. This way even if they get your passphrase they still need access to your hardware token (and vice-versa). There are also hardware wallets specifically meant for cryptocurrencies which I suppose have the advantage of not requiring you to decrypt your wallet on your drive before you make a transaction.
Here's what the critics think of 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2
This dystopian drama couldn't exactly be called a thriller – the violence is grueling in its sheer repetition, as the female characters keep getting brutalized to the constant soundtrack of sobbing and whimpering. The first season kept hinting at the possibility of resistance, dangling the hope of the Handmaids banding together or rising up. But every time it feinted at a "let's go, ladies" twist, the bootheel came crashing down. The challenge for Season 2 will be whether the series can build up some sense of suspense, as it takes the story further than Atwood took it before.
When it comes to content, licensed trumps original on Netflix, study finds
Netflix has been praised for its original content–and spends billions a year on making it. However, despite this, a new study from 7Park Data has found that in the U.S. 80% of the content viewed on Netflix is licensed and only 20% of the content viewed on the service is the company’s own original content ( via Variety ).
Tesla batteries last longer than expected
A survey of over 350 Tesla car owners found that their auto’s battery is lasting longer than expected, reports Electrek . While Tesla cars saw their battery capacity drop by 5% after only 50,000 miles, the rate of battery capacity decline slowed dramatically after that first milestone. Most of the Tesla EVs in the survey had 90% battery capacity after 185,000 miles, according to their owners. And at 500,000 miles, most Teslas still had 80% of their battery capacity. Tesla doesn’t list battery degradation performance for its Model S and Model X, but for its Model 3, Tesla advertises that the car’s battery will retain 70% capacity after 120,000 miles. In other words, it seems that this is a very conservative estimate given the results of the survey of Tesla owners. MG
Samsung's Galaxy J2 Pro Phone Can't Access the Internet
So far, so very smartphone. But that seems to be where the similarities end. The J2 Pro will not be able to load up web pages, run mobile apps, or do anything that requires access to 3G, LTE, or even Wi-Fi networks. This is as basic as phones get when it comes to data access. You can make calls, send text messages, snap photos, and watch content (off a micro SD card), and that's about it.
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These Mesmerizing Images Of Athletes Reinvent Sports Photography
[Photo: Pelle Cass] Since he started this series last fall, Cass says, he checks the athletics calendars of the local colleges with big sports programs around his Brookline, Massachusetts, studio–whether it’s Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern, or MIT. “I don’t need permission or a press pass or anything,” he says. “Sometimes I have to buy a five dollar ticket or maybe buy a brownie at the fundraising table. But I just walk in and get to work.” This is important, as in a professional sports arena, he would have to use specific locations to shoot–and compete with other photographers. “It takes me a while to consider the angles and figure out where I want to set up,” he says, picking “high, distant vantage points if I can find them.” He also says that he likes “photographing more obscure sports since big spectacles are covered […] I think sports are paid too much attention, sometimes at the expense, in college sports, of education.”
Bunk Beds Are Coming To A Plane Near You
According to Airbus, these sleeping areas will likely be available on flights where there isn’t as much freight–which would free up space to install the modules in the cargo hold–but that would be up to each individual airline. Airbus did not provide information about how much the system would cost, which would likely help determine how much airlines would charge once the sleeping areas are available. It would, in theory, give economy passengers a chance to lay down flat for a lower price tag, as renting out a bed for a few hours would likely be cheaper than buying a first or business class ticket. The new modules could offer airlines another revenue stream–or simply a way to differentiate their brand from the crowd.
Tesla pauses Model 3 production again
As Tesla attempts to meet its own projections for Model 3 production, Buzzfeed reports that it is temporarily shutting down the car's Fremont, CA assembly line -- where a report earlier today claimed it's undercounting injuries -- for four to five days. This follows a similar pause in March , and the company gave the same response now as it did then, saying "These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates. This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this."
Essential Phone Drops to $399
Early adopters don't have to be salty about the price cut because Essential is offering those who already own the phone a $200 credit that can be used on its website towards the Essential 360 Camera or another Essential handset. The $199 Essential 360 Camera, which looks like a clip-on, fish-eye lens and snaps onto the back of the phone using magnetic pins, records and auto-stitches 4K video and uploads it directly to Google Photos .
Sega to release Mega Drive Mini this year
Just like Nintendo before it, Sega is releasing a mini version of its iconic Mega Drive game system. The system is supposed to be available sometime in 2018; the company also announced at least 15 classic Sega games will hit the Switch this summer to celebrate the system’s 30th anniversary.
This box turns your iPad into the ultimate guitar pedalboard | Cult of Mac
Electric guitar players have effects pedals. It’s an addiction, and a law of nature. We keep buying little stomp boxes in pursuit of the perfect sound, and of course we don’t even call it sound. We call it “tone.” But the sensible players don’t try to beat the addiction. They switch to software. Instead of buying and trading expensive hardware boxes, they move to something like iOS effects apps, which let you experiment at a fraction of the cost.
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The UK says it can’t lead on AI spending, so will have to lead on AI ethics instead https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/16/17241996/uk-ai-government-report-lords-ethical-leadership?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/DltIOOT7dg
Westworld’s Cocreators On The Possibilities And Perils Of AI
When J.J. Abrams pitched screenwriter Jonathan Nolan ( Interstellar , The Dark Knight ) and producer Lisa Joy ( Burn Notice ) on the idea of adapting the 1973 sci-fi–Western flick Westworld for the small screen, Nolan demurred. But Joy (who is also married to Nolan) sold him on the potential emotional complexities in a futuristic show that’s set in an Old West–style theme park where guests pay $40,000 a day to shoot up bad guys, bed damsels, and interact with a population of robotic “hosts” who are programmed to let them live out their fantasies, however perverse or violent. The series, which HBO launched in 2016 with a reported per-episode budget of between $8 million and $10 million, has been praised for its stunning visuals and epic scope. After a year-plus hiatus, the second season of Westworld debuts on April 22. Here, Nolan and Joy talk about the blurring of fact and fiction, the possibilities and perils of AI, and what it’s like to be married to your writing partner.
Bank web apps are the "most vulnerable" to getting hacked, research says
For some attackers, exfiltrating and stealing data or denying service to users is one thing. But more sophisticated hackers use weak entry-points to move laterally within a domain. If an attacker finds a local area network connection on a target server, they can move deeper into a network and compromise an entire company or government department's infrastructure, the researchers said.
Gmail is getting a redesign that includes a 'Confidential Mode' | ZDNet
Double down on privacy: In the coming weeks, Google will roll out an early access program for a redesigned Gmail version, a memo says.
Supercomputing: This project plans one of the world's largest Arm-based supercomputer deployments | ZDNet
Mark Parsons, director of the Edinburgh EPCC said: "We already host two national HPC services using HPE technology and this will be our first large-scale Arm-based supercomputer. If Arm processors are to be successful as a supercomputing technology we need to build a strong software ecosystem and EPCC will port many of the UK's key scientific applications to our HPE Apollo 70 system."
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Sumerian is platform-agnostic, meaning you can build AR apps for Android and iOS as easily as VR apps for headsets like Rift and Vive. Amazon's strategy: integrate with everyone.
Check out the full coverage on PCMag: https://www.pcmag.com/feature/360323/inside-sumerian-amazon-s-big-bet-on-augmented-and-virtual-re …
Q&A: Fitbit CEO James Park talks about the company's past, present, and future | ZDNet
Park: For us, it starts with the mission of the company, which is to make everyone in the world healthier, and that's going to come through a combination of both devices and services. On the device side, our strategy has been and always will be to provide people a wide range of different possibilities. That's one way we differentiate between Apple and other players is that we're still going to offer trackers, and we have smartwatches now, at a variety of different price points and form factors.
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I work in an Amazon warehouse in America, and the breaks have been described as "10 minute breaks with 2 1/2 minutes walking time each way." The problem is, as stated in the article, some parts of the building are about 5 minutes away from the break room.
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The cybersecurity skills gap caused 40% of IT pros to stall their cloud migrations
While 83% of IT professionals said they store sensitive data in the public cloud, only 69% said they trust the public cloud to keep their data secure. Cloud security issues are rampant: One in four organizations that use Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS) have had their data stolen, according to the report. Meanwhile, one in five said they have experienced an advanced attack against their public cloud infrastructure.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: The best iOS apps for every user [Cult of Mac]
We’ve got our list of 50 essential iOS apps nailed down, and we’ll be adding them below as we publish them over the next few weeks. If there’s an iOS app you think should be included — one that truly stands out as a must-have — let us know in the comments. When all’s said and done, perhaps we’ll run a People’s Choice roundup including your favorite iOS apps.
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Apple should battle smartphone addiction, iPod creator says | Cult of Mac
“I believe that for Apple to maintain and even grow its customer base it can solve this problem at the platform level, by empowering users to understand more about how they use their devices. To do this, it should let people track their digital activity in detail and across all devices. Curbing your data addiction will help you make better decisions. You should be able to see exactly how you spend your time and, if you wish, moderate your behaviour accordingly.”
Samsung Jumps on the Blockchain Bandwagon
SDS expects to handle 488,000 tons of air cargo and 1 million 20-foot-equivalent (TEU) shipping units this year. That would include organic light-emitting diode displays and Galaxy S9 phones made by Samsung Electronics. A blockchain system may help the company reduce the time lag between product launches and actual shipments, making it easier to respond to rival products and shifting consumer appetites in emerging markets like China, according to Cheong Tae-su, professor of industrial engineering at Korea University in Seoul.
Why Netflix CEO Reed Hastings calls his company 'the anti-Apple'
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said at a TED conference on Saturday that his company's culture of open information sharing among its employees makes it like an "anti-Apple."